The Urban League of Portland empowers African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security, and quality of life. For 75 years, the League has promoted civil rights and economic self-reliance through education and job training, housing and community development, entrepreneurship, health services, and advocacy.
Bottom Line for Portland
Through collaboration, organizing and outreach, the League promotes civil rights issues ranging from advocating for the passage of fair housing laws, which limit no cause evictions and manage rent increases, to the passage of the natural hair care act, which eliminates burdensome licensing requirements. Since COVID-19 emerged, we took direct action to create a 24-hour shelter for 50 medically vulnerable persons experiencing homelessness, in addition to providing emergency rent assistance to dozens of persons facing eviction.
Give to the League and be one of 10 people, chosen at random, to receive a behind-the-scenes tasting tour of Cascade Brewing’s Blending House valued at $200! You and a guest will learn about these awarding-winning barrel-aged sour blends, while getting a sneak preview of beers yet to be released.
Give $15 and Sarah Bellum’s Bakery and Workshop will allow you to purchase one cupcake and get one cupcake for free. Present your donor receipt establishing a gift to the League at the time of purchase and receive a free cupcake when you purchase another cupcake.
“After you leave jail, you know that you have to get a job quick or they can send you back. I found the Urban League of Portland, and they helped me find my second chance. All of what they did—the one-on-one coaching, getting me a smartphone, helping me write a résumé, and introducing me to potential employers—led me to the job that is helping me rebuild my life.” —Terry, formerly incarcerated participant in the League's education and workforce development programs